My sympathy and prayers have been with the McDonald family for months, and it is a very sad situation that is now upon us (“Health issues keep McDonald from taking office as sheriff,” Jan. 3). I have great respect for Mike’s strength and commitment, but he has acknowledged that someone else must step up and take his place as sheriff.
Now we must find a leader who will serve all of Stark County, not just Republicans or Democrats. We need a leader who is confident enough in his abilities to have announced his candidacy and shared his vision for the development of the sheriff’s office on the countywide campaign trail. I want all of Stark County to know that I have done so, and I remain very willing and able to serve as your sheriff.
Having recently run for the sheriff’s office twice, I continue to maintain that my qualifications for the office provide a unique combination of experience, leadership and fiscal responsibility. I have a proven track record of aggressive law enforcement that gets results and reduces crime while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
It is not often that we are forced to revisit such an important decision, but we find ourselves placed in that very unfortunate situation. The outcome of the most recent election was close, with Mike McDonald receiving 89,054 votes and Lawrence Dordea receiving 82,075.
I truly regret the reason that there is a scramble to appoint a new sheriff, but this is a fact that will not change. I am appealing to the 82, 075 people who voted for me and the others who have been left voiceless as to who the next Stark County sheriff will be, please step up and make your voice heard.
Your safety weighs in the outcome, and I am ready, experienced and very capable of serving you as your sheriff.
LAWRENCE A. DORDEA, ALLIANCE